Mapping broadband coverage in Spain

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - key results for Spain

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by Point Topic shows Spain is now over 63% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Spain has made a major commitment to developing its broadband infrastructure. Despite its thinly populated countryside it is ahead of the European Union averages on all technology combinations.

Spain broadband coverage by technology combination

Spain broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

In 2012, the backbone of Spain’s NGA coverage was provided by an extensive cable network, covering more than half of Spanish households and mostly upgraded to Docsis 3. VDSL and FTTP contributed a further 13% to the overall NGA coverage in Spain. We estimate that at the end of most of the rural NGA coverage is supplied by Docsis 3 cable, with no coverage provided by VDSL or FTTP.

LTE services had not yet been launched in 2012, but Spain’s HSPA network is more developed than most. WiMAX contributes signficantly to standard coverage in rural areas, and Spain has the fourth largest WiMAX network in the study.

Spain is only behind the rest of the EU when it comes to LTE and VDSL services. Only 11% of the DSL network had been upgraded to VDSL at the end of 2012.

Spain total broadband coverage by technology

Spain total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Spain rural broadband coverage by technology

Spain rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

Standard fixed broadband coverage is fairly uniform across Spain. Its lowest coverage is reported on the overseas province of El Hierro, which has a limited DSL network covering only 64% of households.

In terms of its NGA coverage, the northern regions of Spain tend to lead, as well as some other coastal regions. It is the overseas provinces and the Mediterranean islands which tend to have the lowest NGA coverage in Spain.

Spain standard broadband coverage map

Spain standard broadband coverage map

Spain NGA broadband coverage map

Spain NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Spain

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

 

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